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Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Which Bear Can? on 05/18/2013 13:14:09 MDT Print View

Is the lightest under $120? I saw few on sale at REI this a.m.,but wanted to make sure that I am not missing something they don't carry. I know the Bearikade will come up, but I usually am in places where it's not required and in the past, I have just borrowed a BV500 from friends. I need 4 days food for one and I am all set. Thanks.

(JRinGeorgia) - F
re: Which Bear Can? on 05/18/2013 13:37:51 MDT Print View

I believe the Bear Boxer Contender is next lightest, followed by the BV450.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Which Bear Can? on 05/18/2013 14:05:39 MDT Print View

Canister spreadsheet

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Re: Which Bear Can? on 05/18/2013 14:47:55 MDT Print View

I think the BV450 is the best bang for the buck and about the right size for the requirements you mention.

The Bareboxer might also be a good choice if you can fit 4 days of food in it. That will depend on what and how you pack and isn't a slam dunk.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Which Bear Can? on 05/18/2013 15:12:29 MDT Print View

+ however many for the BV 450. Hated the lid on the Bareboxer.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Which Bear Can? on 05/18/2013 15:42:32 MDT Print View

I agree, the BV 450 would be my choice.

My BV 500 is too large, the Garcia is too heavy, and the Bearboxer is a bit too small.


Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Which Bear Can? on 05/19/2013 02:16:23 MDT Print View

I can fit 9-10 days worth of food for myself in my BV450. I just crunch up my noodles and use instant drink mixes and some bars. Price and weight wise, it was the best choice for me on the JMT last year.

Check out REI's anniversary sale going on now.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Ordered on 05/19/2013 16:34:56 MDT Print View

Thanks everyone. Susan, I am not a big guy and I like to repackage my FB meals in ziplocks. I am excited to learn I might get 4 5 days or more. We are doing both the north and south end of the Lost Coast Trail this summer. Likely able to re-supply mid way, so ... I just ordered one. Much appreciate info, anecdotal and otherwise. Thanks.